Play for Change (PFC) are working hand in hand with Global Action Nepal (GAN) to create life changing opportunities to children and communities in Nepal who were affected by the double earthquakes in 2015.
PFC, a global sport for development charity, and GAN have started their sports and education programme to ensure all children have the chance to play sport in their schools and communities. PFC and GAN are working with the local communities to provide opportunities to access sports activities and coaching to some of the country’s most disadvantaged young people, especially women and girls.
The sports and education programme is currently being implemented in several disadvantaged communities in the Lamjung District of Nepal. Lamjung was heavily affected by two devastating earthquakes in April and May 2015, which further damaged the existing facilities which were already in poor conditions. In the past, there has been a lack of infrastructure to support the delivery of sports programmes namely: lack of facilities, lack of knowledge, lack of equipment and a lack of structure. Research also shows a wider lack of female participation in sports.
The programme, known as Khelaun Khelaun (meaning “let’s play” in Nepali), is in its initial stages of development. Already, there has been considerable interest from the communities involved. The programme will impact 40 schools, benefitting 3000 children and there will be opportunities for local people to be trained as project leaders, coaches and teachers so that the programme can continue in the longer term.
The main aims of Khelaun Khelaun are to:
• increase the participation of disadvantaged children in sports, especially girls;
• establish sporting activities and local leagues in 40 schools in and around Besisahar, the district capital;
• improve the current provisions and state of sporting facilities;
• economic empowerment of the local communities, who will run and continue the programme;
• develop training for coaches and teachers in local communities;
• improve health and wellbeing, by promoting better physical and mental health through sport;
• create brighter future perspectives for children, thanks to the learning of new skills.
Marie Le Page, Director of Play for Change, says ‘We are very excited about the launch of the project and partnering up with Global Action Nepal. Khelaun Khelaun has already been really well received by the community and we hope that the programme will create long lasting opportunities to the communities who are deeply affected by the devastating earthquake.’
Chris Sowton, Founder and Director of Global Action Nepal, says “GAN is thrilled to be working with Play for Change on this project. Having worked in Nepal for 20 years, we have seen the impact that sports can have on children. As well as being fun, sport can keep children healthy, help them with their learning and make them feel more positive in what are often very difficult circumstances.”
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